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The Civil Sphere

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
What binds societies together and how can these social orders be structured in a fair way? Jeffrey C. Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others--the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest--are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between norm ...more
Hardcover, 793 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mike Nyerges
Jan 11, 2013 Mike Nyerges rated it liked it
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The book's still all speculation at this point and should go back on my list of to-reads. But it was to answer the question of types and roles of civil discourse that shape the American social landscape, and perchance libraries. I am undoubtedly more into fiction now that I am older instead of when I read more nonfiction, maybe even twenty years ago.
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Oct 10, 2008 Arya rated it really liked it
Sometimes, it is difficult to understand how civil sphere could play an important role in changing the societal development vis a vis the role of the state. This book gives a clarity of how civil sphere is very well functioning in stimulating the social change in many societal setting.
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